Born in the small town of Madison, Indiana, Allis grew up with a love of both nature and art -- happily with a lack supervision that made exploring both possible. Her first career as the Director of Social Media Strategy for the Walt Disney Company however, was a far cry from her naturalist roots...
On her vacation in 2009, Allis attended the Advanced Taxidermy Training Center in Montana. Upon her return to Los Angeles, she began volunteering at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles. There she met her mentor, Museum Taxidermist Tim Bovard. Under his tutelage, Allis earned a staff position in taxidermy in 2011-- leaving her computer behind for good and picking up a scalpel.
In 2014, Allis opened Prey Taxidermy in downtown Los Angeles, bringing with her volunteers from the museum as staff. She continues her work at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles on a volunteer basis while running her studio nearby.
With a keen interest in Ornithology, Allis specializes in bird taxidermy and prides herself on her work with smaller birds that most taxidermists find too delicate. This has enabled her to work along side biologists and exhibit designers at the Moore Lab of Zoology, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, The Huntington Library, The Frost Museum of Science and many local nature centers.
At the 2015 World Taxidermy Championship, Allis received two First Place ribbons and two Second Place ribbons for her four entries in the Professional Division. She also received a 4th place overall Competitor's Award in the Professional Division.
Allis continues to strive for excellence in her work and never stops learning. She has since had the honor of studying with many World Champion Wildlife Artists, including Tony Finazzo, Danny Owens, Travis De Villier and Ken Walker.
Los Angeles native, Madison Rubin grew up in the Brewery Art Colony where she now continues to reside in a studio of her own. Madison's love of taxidermy began in high school when she started volunteering at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles under Tim Bovard. She had always had a love for all thing macabre-- and luckily had the support of an artist mother who reached out to Tim for volunteer opportunities. While honing her craft at the museum, Madison also attended UCLA and graduated with a degree in cultural Anthropology and Art history. Her background in both art and her inclination towards to the scientific are evident in her work at Prey Taxidermy.
Madison continues to volunteer at the Natural History Museum and works at Prey teaching classes, creating custom commission pieces and lending her unique eye to every facet of the studio.